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Ophthalmic Technician Salary (United States)

An average Ophthalmic Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $15.88 per hour. Cash earnings for Ophthalmic Technicians — including $1K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $24K to $47K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 87 percent of Ophthalmic Technicians are female. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Ophthalmic Technicians. While nearly one in four report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and about two-fifths have dental, as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Ophthalmic Technician Salary (?
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$27,432 - $53,535
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MEDIAN: $37,064
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Ophthalmic Technician Salary (?
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$11.53 - $21.77
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,432 - $53,535  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,183  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $4,818  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,327 - $47,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.53 - $21.77  
   
Overtime
$14.02 - $31.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,183  
   
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $4,818  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,327 - $47,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,081
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Job Description for Ophthalmic Technician

An ophthalmic technician is typically responsible for patient care and the flow of clinical activities on a daily basis. Their responsibilities generally include gathering patient history, maintaining and cleaning equipment, and returning phone calls to patients and pharmacies. An ophthalmic technician also must be able to accurately perform tests that include pupil exams, refractions, lensometer, topography, and amsler grids.
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Ophthalmic Technician Tasks
  • Perform visual acuity testing and assist in minor office procedures.
  • Record, review and verify patient information.
  • Assist ophthalmology patients by providing information and services; patient evaluations, vision health testing, lens fitting and care orientations.
  • Counsel and educate patients by reiterating physician orders for eye care.

Common Career Paths for Ophthalmic Technician

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At the upper end, Ophthalmic Technicians who move into an Optometrist role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Optometrists is $93K per year. Becoming a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant or a Certified Ophthalmic Technician is a common transition from an Ophthalmic Technician role.

Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Ophthalmic Technician

Job skills reported by Ophthalmic Technicians are limited. Most notably, skills in Refraction, Electronic Medical Records, Medical Photography, and Patient Education are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Electronic Medical Records are similarly competent in Medical Photography.

Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmic Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $30K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $35K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Ophthalmic Technicians make a median salary of $38K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Ophthalmic Technicians with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $41K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$34,000
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Ophthalmic Technicians, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Ophthalmic Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+28 percent), Portland (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), and New York (+19 percent). Tampa ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Philadelphia (13 percent lower) and Grand Rapids (10 percent lower).

Ophthalmic Technician Reviews

What is it like working as an Ophthalmic Technician?
Ophthalmic Technician in Richardson:
"Stress Level"
Pros: Working with the public because I am a huge people person with a BIG personality. I extremely enjoy meeting new people and have a caring heart.
Cons: MEAN DOCTORS. 10+ people have come and gone since my year employment having to pick up slack. Employees who constantly are late or don't show up to work. Dealing with co-workers who don't pull their weight. Employees who create drama. Constantly being micro-managed when I clearly understand my responsibilities that do not require supervision. Extreme warm temperature when around numerous instruments.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Technician Salaries

National Average
$34,000

Skills That Affect Ophthalmic Technician Salaries

Refraction
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Patient Education
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Medical Photography
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National Average
$34,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 211 votes.

Gender

Female
87%
female alumni
 
Male
13%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 26%